4 1/2 stars, Jennifer Peel, Low Language, Low Religion, Low Violence, Moderate Romance

Sidelined, but still in the game

I have to be honest and confess that this book scared me, it made me feel vulnerable. The Sidelined Wife by Jennifer Peel is brutally honest and real.

The Sidelined Wife (More Than a Wife Series Book 1) by [Peel, Jennifer]

“Samantha Higgins never thought driving her husband’s car would forever change her life. But one conversation later and Samantha is changing her last name. While trying to figure out who Samantha Decker is, she writes what she thinks is one final post on her blog, announcing her divorce. When the post goes viral, she finds herself with a new title, The Sidelined Wife, and an unbelievable following.

To make matters more interesting, her younger brother’s best friend, Reed Cassidy, moves back to town as the new head football coach for her son’s high school team. 

While Samantha is doing her best to learn and even make up some of the rules of single life and being a semi-celebrity, Reed comes in and changes the game. Now Samantha must decide if she should get back on the field or if she prefers the sidelines.”

Through Sam’s journey Jennifer presents truths every woman needs to read and believe. Truths about acceptance, beauty, and worth.

You don’t have to look far to see marriages that are falling apart and families disintegrating, and it terrifies me. I’m desperately, hopelessly in love with my husband and he treats me like his princess with admiration and respect. While we did hit a pretty big milestone in 2017, ten years- wahoo! Comparatively speaking our marriage is fairly young. I can’t imagine ever loosing what we have. That’s why I loved the conversation Jennifer wrote between Sam and Neil, with Sam confronting him on where it all went wrong. The answer is simple to state and difficult to execute. Marriage and parenting are ultimately about selflessness. Thank you Jennifer Peel for that beautiful reminder wrapped up in a heart wrenching, soul touching story. –N.C.


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